Wonder who this could possibly be…
“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”
– John Bright
2016 ‘Word of the Year’
Dictionary.com chose its 2016 ‘Word Of The Year’ soon after the celebrations for the New Year died down. The site aims to select a word which it feels embodies a major theme ‘resonating deeply in the cultural consciousness over the past 12 months’.
‘This year, some of the most prominent news stories have centered around fear of the ‘other.’ Fear is an adaptive part of human evolutionary history and often influences behaviors and perceptions on a subconscious level.
However, this particular year saw fear rise to the surface of cultural discourse. Because our users’ interest in this overarching theme emerges so starkly for one specific word in our trending lookup data, xenophobia is Dictionary.com’s 2016 Word of the Year.
The word xenophobia is actually relatively new, and only entered English in the late 1800s. It finds its roots in two Greek words, xénos meaning “stranger, guest,” and phóbos meaning “fear, panic.’ Read more at: http://blog.dictionary.com/xenophobia/?param=DcomHP
Just before the Presidential Inauguration, more concerns about the President -elect Donald Trump. (And this comes before the allegations the swamp of other allegations surrounding him).
It’s from distinguished US scholar Robert Reich who told Americans early in January that ‘ you have been warned’. He went on to list ’15 signs of impending tyranny under President Trump’. He began by saying that as tyrants take control of democracies, they typically:
- Exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a landslide even after losing the popular vote.
- Repeatedly claim massive voter fraud in the absence of any evidence, in order to restrict voting in subsequent elections.
- Call anyone who opposes them “enemies.”
- Turn the public against journalists or media outlets that criticize them, calling them “deceitful” and “scum.”
- Hold few if any press conferences, preferring to communicate with the public directly through mass rallies and unfiltered statements.
- Tell the public big lies, causing them to doubt the truth and to believe fictions that support the tyrants’ goals. Read more at: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/robert-reich-15-signs-impending-tyranny-under-president-trump
* Robert Reich is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies.
Theresa turns left…ish
This may come as a surprise to our local Tories but their thinking is being left in the ideological swamp by of all people – Britain’s top Tory – PM Theresa May.
Calling for a change in the way country works she pledged in a speech last week that her party would ‘ use the power of Government to restore fairness in Britain and spread prosperity more widely’.
The state should be a “force for good” to help working people, she argued., promising her Government would build a “united Britain rooted in a centre ground, protect jobs and “repair” free markets when they did not work properly. Au revoir laissez faire… Read more at http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics
Inequality issues shared …
It’s a curious thing to research inequality which some attribute partly to globalization – and then to find how global the issue, is courtesy of the Internet. For example: http://inequalityquestion.com/ asks questions of readers and tells them that once a month it will be discussed not just in Auckland or some other Kiwi City – but in Uganda as well as the UK…